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Registration of birth outside Sri Lanka

The registration of birth of a child under the Births and Deaths Registration Ordinance must under normal circumstances be made within three months of the birth.

 However, if a child of a citizen of Sri Lanka is born abroad, there is an additional requirement under the Citizenship Act that such birth should be registered within one year at the office of the Representative of Sri Lanka in the country of birth or at the Citizenship Division of the Ministry of Defence in Colombo and such children should obtain a Citizenship Certificate from the same Division. Therefore, when an application is made for the registration of birth under the Births and Deaths Registration Ordinance, a valid application for the registration of the child under the Citizenship Act should also be made. Such applications for Citizenship Certificates are forwarded to the Citizenship Division which will process the application and send the Citizenship Certificates to the same Embassy/Consulate for onward transmission to the applicant.

 The Citizenship Division of the Ministry of Defence is now located at 3rd Floor, 41 Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka (Phone: 94-11-5329240).

If the application for registration of birth is made after 03 months, the reason for the delay should be given in writing at the time of making the application. If the application is made after 1 year, such applications are forwarded to the Registrar General in Colombo for a decision. In such cases an additional declaration form should be completed.

A child's birth may be registered in Sinhala, Tamil, or English languages and when the application is made for the registration of a birth, the preferred language should be indicated.

Instructions -

(a). An application for registration of a birth must be made within 03 months of the birth. If the application is made after 03 months, the reason for the delay should be given in writing when making the application.

(b). Either of the parents (Father/Mother) of the child should be a citizen of Sri Lanka at the time of birth.

(c). A child's birth may be registered in Sinhala/Tamil/English. The preferred language should be indicated.

(d). The father or mother of the child may make the application for registration of birth .

TO REGISTER THE BIRTH OF A CHILD BORN TO SRI LANKAN NATIONALS, THE FOLLOWING THREE FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED -

(a). Application for Registration of a Birth outside Sri Lanka (Ceylon ) Citizenship Form - Act No 18 of 1948

(b). Declaration of Birth under Section 16 of the Birth and Death Registration Act. (if within 03 months) Registration B-4 Form.  OR

(c). After three months Declaration of Birth Under Section 24, Registration B-6 Form.

(d). Declaration of Citizenship of the father as per specimen attached. (Signature should be notarized.)

These three forms should be submitted along with the originals of the following documents.

(i). The Birth Certificate issued by the Competent Authority in the country of the birth of the child.

(ii). Passports of father and mother

(iii). Original Birth Certificates of the parents. (not translations)

(iv). Original Marriage Certificates of the parents. (not translations)

(v). Father’s and Mother’s present status in Canada (Copy of PR Card / Work Permit / Citizenship Card / Dual Citizenship Certificate / Study Permit)

CONSULAR FEES FOR REGISTRATION OF BIRTH:

(a). Registration of Birth (with in one year) -C$ 50.00

(b). If the application is made after the prescribed period of one year from the date of birth of the child, an additional payment of C$ 10.00 per year for the delay in registration.

(c). Endorsement of child's name on one of the parents' passports -C$ 12.00

(d) Postage C $ 24.00 or two (2) prepaid self-addressed envelopes to return certificates.
Fees should be paid by cash (if application is hand delivered). Money Orders should be made in favour of "High Commission of Sri Lanka". Please note that personal cheques will not be accepted.

NOTE:

i. This High Commission is not responsible for any document lost in the post.
ii. Submission of forged documents and making false declarations relating to citizenship is a punishable offence. Fees will not be refunded in these circumstances.
iii. Incomplete applications will be rejected.